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little naive, do these Vintage and Anchor Books not cut into
the Modern Library sales because sometimes these are the
same type of books?
Oh, sure they do. But so do all paperbacks. We had
a virtual monopoly when paperbacks started, with titles
like Moby Dick and The Scarlet Letter. Now you can get
these two books in about fourteen different editions. Those
are out of copyright books. But still the Modern Library
is so attractively made...
It's a real book too.
It's a real book. We have a very attractive binding
and attractive jackets and the type is kept immaculate. If
the plates start wearing out, we order new ones. We watch
that with loving care because the Modern Library is the
keystone of Random House. That's what started the whole
But did you ever feel the pinch?
Oh, sure. Whereas Modern Library had been growing
by leaps and bounds, when the paperbacks came into favor,
we were lucky to hold our own. It's only by adding important
new titles that we keep the Modern Library going ahead.
Each year we go ahead a little bit. It's still a beautiful
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